Paynetown State Recreation Area

  • 4850 S. State Road 446
  • Bloomington, IN 47401
  • (812) 837-9546

This state operated recreational area on the northeast side of Monroe Lake offers electric and non-electric camping, a beach, boat rental service, a marina with gas sales and a camp store. The DNR-staffed Interpretive Center is located near the park entrance. Entrance fee or state park pass required.

Monroe Lake is also known locally as Lake Monroe and Monroe Reservoir.

Salamander Sunday

Fans of amphibians should mark their calendar for March 31, when Monroe Lake hosts “Salamander Sunday.” There are two programs open to everyone, no registration needed: an 8 a.m. salamander survey at Stillwater Marsh, and a 3 p.m. woodland salamander exploration at Paynetown SRA. ... Learn more